Afghanistan + 20. More than 93,000 civilians, including women and children, have been killed or injured, according to an ongoing report from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

It has been two decades since the United States sent troops to Afghanistan for what President Obama thought was a smart war.

Today President Joe Biden is announcing that U.S. troops will be gone from Afghanistan in September.

Donald Trump had earlier announced their removal by May 1 based on an agreement with the Taliban.

Biden says “tactical” problems will keep him from meeting that deadline.

What tactical problems? Put them on a plane and bring them home.

About 800,000 US soldiers and other military personnel have served at least once in Afghanistan since the US invasion in 2001.

More than 2,300 have been killed, and 20,000 wounded.

The war has cost the United States trillions of dollars.

None of that could defeat the Taliban. Afghanistan has defeated every foreign invader.

Obama was always wrong about this.

It was never a smart war.

Whatever that is.

4 thoughts on “Afghanistan + 20. More than 93,000 civilians, including women and children, have been killed or injured, according to an ongoing report from the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

  1. I can’t help but wonder how U.S. citizens would feel if some foreign country decided to ‘help us’ by bombing and shooting for 19 years. Surely, some people would realize that the number of deaths and destroyed livelihoods in this type of “help” is not a bit rewarding.
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    WaPo:
    By Olivier Knox
    with Mariana Alfaro
    Email
    Welcome to The Daily 202 newsletter!

    Without declaring victory or hoisting a “mission accomplished” banner, President Biden today will announce an end to the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, 20 years after it began amid warnings America risked sinking into a Vietnam-style quagmire.

    Biden, who once laid out his opposition to an Afghanistan troop surge in a four-page long-hand memo delivered to President Barack Obama by Thanksgiving weekend fax in 2009, will end an open-ended commitment his three predecessors would not.

    In doing so, he will not only follow a campaign promise to “end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East,” but risk the political consequences of defying 20 years of warnings from the Pentagon, where now has never been the right time to withdraw, despite dire internal warnings about the conflict’s trajectory.

  2. American troops were due to be withdrawn from Afghanistan on 5/1 by President Trump. President Biden has changed the date to 9/11 due to “tactical” problems.
    Do you remember the ending of WWI as depicted in All Quiet On the Western Front?
    I want to cry…

  3. American troops were due to be withdrawn from Afghanistan on 5/1 by President Trump. President Biden has changed the date to 9/11 due to “tactical” problems.
    Do you remember the ending of WWI as depicted in All Quiet On the Western Front?
    I want to cry…

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